25 Inexpensive Phonics Manipulatives

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How often is your child or student building words each week? Phonics, word building and spelling practice are all essential components of building readers and writers.  As children get older we seem to become more relaxed about their phonics practice, but they really should have a regular systematic routine through 5th grade.  In my classroom we play a lot of phonics games which require reading and then we like to build the words from the phonics games.  This taps into multiple learning styles and keeps the kids engaged while they learn.  No one wants to write the words over and over again every year.  That's boring for the children and the teachers! Plus who has time to grade all of those sheets?  I've tried to include enough options so that you could put together at least 10 of them with items that you have laying around or so that you can purchase them inexpensively.  

Two rules for children that make these a breeze are: 1.  Lay all centers with letter manipulatives out in ABC order before you begin. 2.  Clean up after every word so that you don't have a HUGE mess by the end.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

If you have a button jar  in the closet they are great for students to use to build words.  I was lucky enough to have these buttons from something that I made for my daughter.  Unfortunately I was short one s, but I had another tile to fill in.  I believe the buttons came from JoAnn's Craft Store.  Their buttons go on sale regularly and you can use your teacher discount on the sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This paper roll came from the paint section in Walmart for about $3.  I used it for a paint project and had a ton left over.  Kids love getting out of their routine and trying something new.  We roll this across our guided reading table or along the floor.  It's fun watching the whole class work on it.  You could use bulletin paper from school if it's free for you.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Technically not a manipulative, but too good not to include.  Plus this one is free and often ends up being the kids favorite option! They can write in cursive, bubble letters, hairy letters, what ever they want to as long as they are building words.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Most likely you have highlighters laying around.  Students can make lists and highlight them once they check the spelling.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love little things and collections.  Altoid boxes are fun to use and make great storage containers.  This one is great to take in the car!  These letters came from JoAnn's in the jewelry section.  Make sure to wait for a sale and use your discount!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When we were kids this was routine.  Now kids don't get to use chalkboards that much! This chalk board came from Target Bulleye's section for $3.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Use whisper phones when you don't want to clean up anything and need some peace and quiet! They are easy to assemble.  Check for the parts in the PVC section of your local hardware store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This one is fun! For the older kids little sandwich containers from the Dollar Store work great.  Larger containers are nice for the younger kids.  For children with sensory disorders you can let them use pencils if they prefer.  Use whatever you have in your pantry so that you don't need to buy anything else!  You could even use shaving cream.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 Who doesn't love new markers?

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Apparently a rash of teachers have buyer's remorse over these letter boards.  Whenever you can get students to build words on seems like a great idea to me! You can find these boards all over including Walmart, Target and your local craft stores.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Students love this one and you will to if you tell them to put each letter back after they stamp it.  You might also want to have partners work on one word at a time.  Once I figured this procedure out my life was so much better than finding 50 stamps on the floor that the kids couldn't put back quickly.  The smaller letter sets came from the scrapbooking section in Joanns for $1.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Die cuts are fun and readily available.  I used a preprinted one that was given to me in this picture, but your construction paper at school or home will work great too!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find bingo dabbers on Amazon, school supply stores and wherever the Bingo ladies go! (I don't know where that is though.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These wooden letters came from Walmart.  You can find them at craft stores too.  They will need to be painted.  If you can find a set big enough, you could make these and the letter clips that you will find below.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Kids love writing with pens.  Start with giving them boring colors so they are super excited when they get to rainbow write.  (You stretch your money out better this way.)

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 I almost didn't add this one because smelly markers can be more expensive, but I figured if you have them already you wouldn't be spending anything.  There are also a lot of different brands now that go on sale.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

 These magnets and cookie sheet came from Walmart for 98 cents each.  This is another great thing to keep in the car, except for Florida, Texas and Southern California in the summer.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

When the weather is nice go outside and build words on the concrete!

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

This center takes patience, but it's worth it because kids need fine motor activities.  The containers and beads came from the Dollar Store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

The stamps in the picture are play dough stamps that came with play dough for $5.  You could also use cookie cutters that the Dollar Store carries sometimes.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

How adventurous are you feeling? Save this for a day when you have lots of energy.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

These are small wooden letters from Walmart and clothes pins.  Just paint and hot glue. I store them in alphabetical order on rulers.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

You can find foam letters in Walmart, Target or any craft store.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Once one pen gets boring let students choose to rainbow write.  This works great at the end of the year when you need extra engagement.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

Look around and see what you have.  These tiles came from a hang man travel game that my kids used.  When they got older I took the letters for a center.  I also have a ton of letter stickers that someone gave me.  Get creative and have fun!

If you are curious what systematic phonics I use in class, I added my phonics games below.  These are the games that my students play before they build words.  Just click on the picture.

All kids grades pre school to 5th grade need phonics manipulatives to practice with.  This post will show adults, whether they are teachers, homeschoolers, parents or all of the above inexpensive options for helping their child to build words.  Great for all children working on their spelling words or word building! {preschool, kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth, fifth, homeschool, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th}

ELA Lesson Plans #24

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

 This week we'll be taking a look at the standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.2.3
Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.  More specifically we'll be focusing on scientific concepts/ideas like life cycles.  The focus will be on reading for detail and determining how each stage is important to the next.  Monday - Thursday we will stay together as a class and learn about:  orange trees, bees, ladybugs and watermelons.  On Friday the students can choose a topic of their choice and work with a partner determining how the life cycle events connect together.  You can see a picture of my anchor chart and book choices below.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

To find the print and teach materials that I developed for these lesson outlines, click on the picture below.



Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about connecting events, life cycles, lady bugs, orange trees, watermelons and bees.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

ELA Lesson Plans #23

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

 This week we will be looking at character's point of view.  The week will start nice and simple by practicing our fluency while changing our voices to show different character's points of views.  On Wednesday we will get to hold court in order to see who is right, Farmer Brown or the cows from Click Clack Moo.  The main focus this week comes in writing when we add on from last week's learning by writing well elaborated stories.  The students will need to use everything they have learned this year in order to write a piece that follows a well structured story including transition words.  Of course they'll love making their own covers for the writing. The directed drawing for the writing cover came from Proud To Be Primary.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

My mentor text will be The Easter Egg.  It is a fabulous text because the story structure is so well written with lots of action, events, character development and a great lesson.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about character's point of view, well elaborated stories, Click Clack Moo and The Easter Egg.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


ELA Lesson Plans #22

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

This week is all about the how's and why's of why authors choose the characters, setting and events that they choose.  We will start the week with a short story, story structure game and good conversation about how characters, setting and events must go together in order to make sense.  As the week progresses we will look at how the author chooses certain events to make us understand a character and later on how the character's actions, events, etc. help to give us the lesson.  Throughout the week we differentiate the lessons by having the below level students focus on recounting the story, while the above level students synthesize the lesson and write different beginnings, middles and endings.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

 Writing is all about recounting the story in detail.  This week will preface next week.  Students will practice retelling the stories from this week so that they can write their own stories with all of the components next week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
This is the game that we played this week.  Click below to see a video preview.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about story structure and Mr. Tannen's Tie Trouble.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

ELA Lesson Plans #21


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.



I'll have to be honest and tell you that I dread this week every year. It's the week that kicks off the standard, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.4 Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song. The reason it bothers me so much is because unlike the other standards, this is really at least 4 standards shoved into one. It's almost as if they had these standards left over and said let's shove them all together as to not bring too many standards to the table for 2nd grade. It is challenging standard for students because it can be very abstract. After much research and years of practice, I have it down to full proof lessons. We start very simple and fun by playing rhyming games. Then I model finding rhyming words in a poem. We discuss how rhyming words add fun and give the reader a picture in their mind. The students simply have to write this as their response for the day. I extend the day further by reading a ton of rhyming poetry in transitions. During writing the students will choose rhyming words to write a poem with. If they have a hard time I allow them to use the rhyming cards from the game that we played.


On day 2 we tackle syllables and how they add rhythm to a piece. I model with a familiar poem like Jack and Jill and the students tap it out. Throughout the day I will read more poems with rhythm. Students will extend their learning by writing poetry with rhythm. The poems that they write will go into a poetry book each day.


On day 3 we put days 1 and 2 together. This time I read Little Bo Peep and we talk about the added fun of having rhythm and rhyme together. I draw my visualization of the poem out for the students. The students will of course respond in their notebook. Breaking the standard apart and having them respond each day makes it easier for them and then I have proof in their journal that they mastered that portion of the standard. We will of course extend our learning every day this week by writing poetry.


Day 4 is probably the easiest of the days because we have tackled word meaning all year. The students will read differentiated text with a partner circling words that give them a picture in their head. When they are done discussing the text with their partner and finding the unknown words, they will draw a picture of the poem in a cat outline and cut it out. They know they are responsible for illustrating each word that is circled.


On the last day we tackled repeated words together. The students will use the guiding question - How do the repeated words add to the rhyme? They will have to illustrate the text as well. Once the week is over students have a firm grasp of the standard and we will continue to point out rhythm, rhyme and meaning as we read text for the rest of the year.



Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

All of the poems and materials from the week can be found by clicking on the picture below.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: how words and phrases supply rhythm and in meaning in stories and poems.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


ELA Lesson Plans #20

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

If you want to teach your students about chickens you have come to the right place!  I have links at the bottom of this post to other chicken posts that I have written as well as my week's lessons on chickens here.  These posts will detail how to hatch your own chickens and other lessons that I've taught on chickens.  This year I also put together some of my chicken videos so that if you don't want the hassle of chicks in your classroom, you can show your students videos of the entire process.  Nothing says science literature connections like first reading all about hatching chickens and then hatching them.  Students will learn how important it is to read and obtain information carefully because they will need the information to hatch and raise our chicks.  We will continue learning about influential African Americans by writing biographies in writing.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

For more lesson ideas, click on the photo below.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

For a how-to guide on hatching chickens in the classroom click on the photo below.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

If your are interested in purchasing my chick videos and resources, click on the photos below.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chickens,  connecting events, diagrams, main topic, asking and answering questions, and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


ELA Lesson Plans #19

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

I don't know about you, but I am definitely glad Chinese New Year lasts for 15 days! Even though I'm a little late getting it on my lesson plans we always have an amazing time learning a little about the Chinese culture.  We will celebrate on Tuesday by taking key details from the text to put together a Dragon Parade.  The kids always have a ton of fun and they love learning about the holiday and culture.  We'll also take a look at Run Away Rice Cake in order to recount the plot and lesson.

During the week we will have eggs in an incubator that we will be journaling about. You'll see more of my lessons next week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

This week during writing we will be writing an autobiography.  I'll use Ruby Bridges as a mentor text and modeling with. my autobiography.  The students really connect with Ruby and it's a great way to learn about another influential American.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click below for a free Chinese New Year graphic organizer.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

To find my Chinese New Year lesson materials click the picture below.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the second  grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my 2nd grade elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about: Chinese New Year, Ruby Bridges main topic, asking and answering questions, recounting, retelling, lesson of the story and key details.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.